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Timeline for 2013 MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 17:07
Finished the gmat recently and planning to apply for MBA 2013 admission.

Should I apply in the first round? Where can I find the round deadlines for each school? All current info is for 2012 admissions.

Waiting for advice on the best strategy on when to apply and if theres something called applying too early...

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Re: Timeline for 2013 MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 17:19
Deadlines and essay questions won't be out til late spring or even the summer. The best advice is to apply when you're ready to put together your best app. If you're expecting a promotion in June, go ahead and apply R1. If that promotion is coming in November, you might want to hold off til R2. Look to see where you will be by R1 deadlines (early Oct - mid November, depending on the school) in terms of work experience, GMAT, GPA (if you need to take any supplemental courses), leadership, and ECs. There are advantages to R1 and different advantages to R2. Some people split their apps between R1 and R2. Each person's strategy is different.
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Re: Timeline for 2013 MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 10:08
cheetarah has it pretty much covered.

I'll add a few points though...

I don't think it's ever too early to start the process. This time last year I started visiting schools, brainstorming about what to write about in my essays, and thinking about who to select as recommenders.

As far as the essays and application itself, you're still several months away. Last year, Columbia was one of the first schools to go live with its essay questions. They were released in early May. I know for Kellogg and Booth, it was late summer (July-August). The deadlines for this year will probably be similar to last year's. Take a look at the threads for each school to get a good estimate.

cheetarah makes a good point about which round to apply in. I applied in R1 everywhere because 1.) I wanted to seal my fate as soon as possible, and 2.) i think there are slightly better odds in R1 (just my opinion).
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Re: Timeline for 2013 MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2012, 18:22
Thanks to both of you for this useful information. This is surprising to me though, you are saying that every year the essay questions are different? Sorry for sounding like the newbie that I am!
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Re: Timeline for 2013 MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2012, 18:39
gcpin wrote:
Thanks to both of you for this useful information. This is surprising to me though, you are saying that every year the essay questions are different? Sorry for sounding like the newbie that I am!


Depends on the school. Stanford's questions stayed the same from 2011 intake to 2012. Wharton's changed. You just don't know until they're released. And remember that almost every school has multiple essay questions. Sometimes 1 of 3 questions will change. Sometimes all 3 change. No way to predict it.
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